Archives for January, 2012

Comments Off on Ban on Mining Near the Grand Canyon, But No Easy Way Around the Water and Energy Nexus

In announcing a long-term ban on uranium and other mining around the Grand Canyon, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar emphasized a link that is all too clear to anyone following energy news. Whether the subject is hydraulic fracturing, or tar sands, or oil spills, or power plant impacts, the connection between water and energy is…

Highlights from a workshop on the environmental and social implications of fracking. A group of the nation’s leading experts on energy and the environment are at Duke this week attending a workshop to try to ferret out the facts (and tamp down the hype) around shale gas and fracking, the controversial method for extracting natural…

Comments Off on Artist Has Clean-Power Patches All Sewn Up

If you can express an idea in five or fewer words – no matter how ridiculous – textile artist Paul Nosa will turn it into a custom embroidered patch on the spot. Using no pre-drawn designs or computer templates, Nosa’s method of freestyle embroidery is an artform in its own right. But what makes Nosa’s…

Comments Off on Fight Over Tar Sands Pipeline May Lead to Cancellation, “Huge” Consequences

In November, the Obama administration decided to delay a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to bring tar sands from Canada to the United States. But in December, Republicans attached a provision to a tax bill, which President Obama signed, that urges the administration to decide on the pipeline within 60 days,…

In society’s ever-deeper dig for energy, one of the risks is causing the Earth to move. The most recent dramatic example came on New Year’s Eve outside of Youngstown, Ohio. A 4.0 earthquake was the last and largest of a series of temblors that prompted state officials to halt nearby underground disposal of wastewater from…